Clippers coach Tyronn Lue enters COVID-19 protocol

Oct 11, 2021; Ontario, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue reacts during a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Toyota Arena. The Timberwolves won 128-100. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue was placed into the NBA’s health and safety protocol Friday with assistant coach Brian Shaw set to lead the team into a road game against the Toronto Raptors.

Lue’s move into protocol comes not long after Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel was returned from the same list.

Multiple other coaches still are out because of COVID-19 concerns, including the Philadelphia 76ers’ Doc Rivers, the Denver Nuggets’ Michael Malone, the Phoenix Suns’ Monty Williams, the Chicago Bulls’ Billy Donovan, the Portland Trail Blazers’ Chauncey Billups and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Mark Daigneault.

Lue has guided the Clippers to a 18-17 record in an injury-plagued season with Kawhi Leonard (knee) out indefinitely and Paul George (elbow) out for four weeks. The Clippers opened a three-game trip Wednesday with a 91-82 victory at Boston.

In another Clippers move Friday, the team signed forward Wenyen Gabriel to a 10-day hardship deal. Gabriel played just one minute with the Nets during a just-completed 10-day contract. He effectively replaces Moses Wright, whose 10-day deal with Los Angeles just expired.

In 52 games with four different teams over the past three seasons, Gabriel has averaged 2.6 points and 2.1 rebounds.

–Field Level Media

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